Anyone who has every had an issue with their phone or internet service has probably been on the phone with (or put on hold by) AT&T. Now take that experience and superhero-size it.
When hardcore DC fans disappointed by Joss Whedon’s final cut of Justice League heard that AT&T bought Time Warner yesterday — meaning, it now owns all the DC Extended Universe films — some of them started tweeting customer service about something a little different than bad reception.
The “Snyder Cut” of Justice League has become the stuff of myth and legend among those who were just not satisfied with the apparent disconnect between the styles of two different directors. After Zack Snyder needed to leave for personal reasons and put Whedon in charge of finishing the movie, Whedon took over reshoots and post-production, and fans became frustrated trying to figure out which storylines were overseen by whom.
Consisting entirely of Snyder’s footage, the cut that has now reached mythical status among some may or may not exist in a form completely enough for anyone to actually watch. That seems to be a nonissue for fans who insist that since AT&T now owns it, they have to be letting it collect dust somewhere, so #ReleaseTheSnyderCut continues to be a thing.
For any aggravated AT&T employees reading this, maybe this revered film is floating around somewhere. DC Storyboard artist Jay Oliva recently revealed what he knew on Twitter.
“Other than incomplete vfx and maybe some reshoots for hook ups everything was shot that was storyboarded. Zack isn’t the kind of director who creates the film in the edit bay. It’s all planned out meticulously from beginning to end,” claimed Oliva. “That’s how MoS and BvS was done."
This is further supported by a BvS photo Snyder posted his Vero social media account, which is a shot of the Batman-Superman-Wonder Woman trinity together in costume for the first time.
In response to Hughes still doubtful that most of the film was completed by Snyder, Oliva responded:
He went on to say that “[fans] are responding to people saying that the Snydercut (prior to Whedon’s involvement) does not exist and is not a cohesive story because Zack left. It may not be 100% polished but all of the planned scenes were shot and edited into a full timeline.”
A small contingent of fans have been asking for a Snyder cut ever since Whedon was hired, but with Warner Bros. still trying to figure out its DC film strategy, it's not extremely likely the studio would muddy the water with an alternate cut to a film that underperformed. That still doesn’t mean anyone should be bugging AT&T customer service about this, of course.